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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Growing up in Salem, N.J., Johnny Gaudreau had access to ice time constantly, because his dad, Guy, operated the local rink. Summers, when regular hockey was over, there was the option of playing in three-on-three leagues.
“And I was on three or four different teams,” reported Gaudreau, the Calgary Flames’ second-year scoring star. “In the summer, I loved playing three-on-three. I played a lot when I was younger, growing up.”
In a year when the rest of the NHL is trying to figure out three-on-three, Gaudreau has it nailed. The Flames are 8-1 in overtime, and Gaudreau – a.k.a. Johnny Hockey – has been in on seven of the game winners (three goals, four assists), one of the primary reasons his team is back in the playoff hunt after a slow start.
Gaudreau, a finalist for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year last season, has not skipped a beat in his second year. At the NHL’s Christmas break, he was seventh in the NHL scoring race, with 15 goals and 22 assists in 34 games. He scored a hat trick in the final game before the holidays, with his brother Matt in the stands watching, leading Calgary to its 10th consecutive home-ice victory to tie a franchise record set in 2006.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Johnny Gaudreau once again showed his love for three-on-three overtime action and the Flames once again were the beneficiaries when the diminutive rising star came through for the winner in their 2-1 victory over the Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks Friday night at the Saddledome.
First Gaudreau dropped the jaws of most everyone in the Dome and then brought them to their feet by picking the pocket of Brent Seabrook before stickhandling in a phone booth to complete a dizzying deke on Scott Darling for the winner.
“What a goal,” head coach Bob Hartley said. “What a great effort also. He took a shot, then went to retrieve that puck, won the loose-puck battle and roofed it. Darling had absolutely no chance.”
The Flames have a 5-0 record in games decided in overtime, and Gaudreau has been part of the winning goal on four occasions.
“It seems like every time he’s on the ice, he’s so dynamic he can make things happen,” captain Mark Giordano said. “And if he gets that chance, he usually makes the other team pay.
“He reminds me a little bit of (Pavel) Datsyuk with that quick stick and stick lift, and to be able to turn the other way is not easy to do, and he does it consistently.”
read on for more on the OT win
Watch the Gaudreau OT goal below...
Among the National Post's Michael Traikos' observations from the first week of the 2015-16 season:
The 3-on-3 is a “gong show” for goalies
There have been five games that went to overtime so far this season. Of those, only two have gone the distance and required a shootout to solve.
For the NHL, which predicted that 72% of games would end in the 3-on-3, it is an encouraging sign. Unless, of course, you happen to be a goaltender.
Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop called the 3-on-3 OT format a “gong show” and Calgary goaltender Jonas Hiller said “It’s kind of like an All-Star Game.” But you cannot argue with the entertainment value. Breakaways, odd-man rushes and scoring chances on nearly every puck possession has translated into the most exciting five minutes of the game.
“Definitely nerve-wracking,” Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau, who scored in a 3-on-3 overtime win against Vancouver. “With so much time and space and ice, one costly turnover or mistake and that’s the game. You’ve got to be smart out there. You have to be strategic about it, but it’s fun.”
From the NHL:
NHL ANNOUNCES 2014-15 ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
NEW YORK (June 24, 2015) – The National Hockey League today announced the 2014-15 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players voted as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s top rookie: forwards Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames and Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators and defenseman Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers.
Also named to the NHL All-Rookie Team are forward Filip Forsberg of the Nashville Predators, defenseman John Klingberg of the Dallas Stars and goaltender Jake Allen of the St. Louis Blues.
Voting was conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the regular season. Following is a summary of each All-Rookie Team member’s outstanding campaign:
from Kristina Rutherford of Sportsnet,
SN: Has anything about being an NHL player surprised you?
Gaudreau: The amount of free time I have. After practice, I have the whole day to figure out what I’m gonna do.
SN: Did you expect your rookie season to go so well?
Gaudreau: No, not at all. I’m really fortunate I got to make the team right out of camp. I’ve been playing with some really good players here who helped me my first season.
SN: Even you underestimated yourself?
Gaudreau: Yeah, I think so. You always gotta believe in yourself, but there’s that thought that you may not make it. I wanted to make sure it was in the back of my mind so I wouldn’t get too upset if I didn’t make the team right out of the gate.
from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,
When Johnny Gaudreau’s agent noticed the eye-catching slogan — “Johnny (Effin’) Hockey” — he went to work, applying for “Johnny Hockey” trademarks with patent offices in Canada and the United States.
Understandably, this garment is not something Lewis Gross wanted associated with his client, a hotshot rookie with the Calgary Flames.
“There were a couple shirts, a couple things, that were derogatory,” Craig Conroy — assistant general manager of the Flames, who was represented by Gross during his playing days — said Wednesday at the Saddledome. “Lewis said, ‘We just want to make sure we monitor it.’ And that’s all it was.
“More than anything, it was to make sure that people weren’t selling stuff that made him look bad. I mean, I think that’s what it came down to.”
TSN, with confirmation and reaction from Gross, reported the story Tuesday afternoon.
Immediately — predictably enough — there had been backlash.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
General manager Craig MacTavish doesn’t have a firm timetable on how long he’ll stay behind the Edmonton Oilers’ bench as co-coach with former OKC head man Todd Nelson, but he’s in no rush to move back upstairs to watch his struggling team. He still figures he’s learning more about his players body language and compete level at ice-level than 100 feet away in the pressbox.
MacTavish will eventually hand-off to Nelson to get a read on the former AHL coach and whether his tag will go from interim to full head coach after the season. But for now, it’s a two-headed co-coaching Oiler situation with assistant Craig Ramsay also on the bench, and Keith Acton and Rocky Thompson up in the pressbox looking things over.
“It doesn’t feel well to leave right now,” said MacTavish, who needs a longer assessment of his players–weeks, not days because there’s the initial play-hard-for-the-new-guys-behind-the-bench with every guy, then the ultimate you-can’t-change-a-leopard’s-spots mentality.
Also from Matheson,
What makes Gaudreau special? “He skates as fast with the puck as without it and that’s very tough. Many players you give them the puck and it almost transforms the puck into a curling rock. Where does the speed go,” said Hartley. “He’s so quick in tight areas and what he did in LA (against one of the biggest teams in the league) is a great step for his career. There’s many more steps to come, but to get a hat-trick, to put pucks at the net (behind Jonathan Quick). We’ve been preaching at him to shoot more (70 shots in 35 games).”
“He’s just scratching the surface. He wants to contribute, his defence has come such a long way, and he’s proud. When things don’t go well in our end and he comes back to the bench, you can tell he can cares. He’s not a one-trick pony who just cares about goals and assists. He wants this team to win,” said Hartley.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
He deserved to start the season with the big club and team brass should have no regrets about rewarding him for a strong preseason.
However, GM Brad Treliving should also have no reservations about sending him down, perhaps as soon as the road trip concludes, as No. 13 is clearly in over his head at this point — something completely understandable given his slight 5-foot-9 frame.
Let him regain his confidence and scoring touch in the minors before bringing him back up.
Don’t let him become the next Sven Baertschi.
The Flames are working hard at “managing expectations,” and, by any measure, Gaudreau isn’t living up to them yet, no matter how low a bar they’ve set internally.
Johnny Gaudreau with a deek then the backhand goes top-shelf, far corner.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
The success Johnny Gaudreau has had the past many years has him believing even greater things can come.
But an engine behind his push is one big disappointment.
The accolades Gaudreau received over the last few years include winning the Hobey Baker Award last season as the top player in the NCAA, numerous all-star and MVP honours and even scoring a goal in his NHL debut.
But the Calgary Flames hopeful also remembers the sting of not making the U.S. world junior team for the 2012 championship, and he’s using it for motivation as he approaches his first NHL training camp.
“It’s just like growing up. As a smaller player, I got cut from a few teams, and it’s a terrible feeling to get cut. I hope I don’t have that feeling again,” Gaudreau said Thursday after he and the other team hopefuls reported for fitness-testing and medicals in anticipation of prospects camp.
“You try to make sure you don’t have that feeling again, get that feeling out of your stomach. I think that is what’s driving me to make this team this year.”
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